WiFi planner

The WiFi planner is an easy-to-understand, virtual tool for planning and simulating a wireless network. You can simulate walls, obstacles and the signal strength of the access points on a corresponding floor plan and use a heatmap to map and review the planned WiFi coverage. 


Global menu

The following options are available by clicking the global pull-down menu more_horizin the top-right corner of the window:

  • Documentation – You can find the complete contents of the online help here.
  • Feedback – This option makes it possible for you to send any suggestions or criticisms directly to us. 
  • Back to projects – Here you can go back to the project overview page. This menu item appears only on the editing page for a project.
  • Back to connectivity center – Here you can go back to the connectivity center overview.

Creating a project

Create a new project by clicking .

  • Name – Enter a unique project name in the Name field.
  • ​Name of the end customer
  • Location  Name of the end customer location (optional)
  • Contact  Contact information of the end customer, e.g. e-mail address (optional)
  • Comment field – If desired, add a brief description or customer-specific information (optional).

info Please note that none of the project details can be changed later. The optional project details are required in the PDF report. More information for the PDF report can be found in the Functions section under picture_as_pdf.

Horst Wifiplanner

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saveConfirm your entries with Add.


Project overview

All created projects are displayed on the Your projects overview page.

Open the corresponding project by clicking on a project icon. 

Enlarge the view by clicking .

Wifi Planner übersicht Projekte


Editing a project

Add an (additional) floor plan to your project by clicking Click to add a floor plan or layers: Wifi Planner Grundriss Hochladen

Floor plan name – Give the floor plan a unique name. 

Select file – Select the corresponding floor plan file using the Select file button. JPG and PNG formats are supported up to a size of 1 Mbyte.

Uploading – Upload the corresponding floor plan to the WiFi planner using the Upload button.

Please adjust the scale first! – After the first upload, the message Please adjust the scale first! appears on the top edge of the screen. Specify the scale for the entire floor plan using a line segment via the straighten icon in the menu on the right edge of the screen. This is how you should proceed:  

  1. Click the straighten icon.
  2. Define the starting point for a line segment by clicking the desired position on the floor plan.
  3. Then, pull a line to the desired end point. Double-click to finalise the entire action.
  4. A dialogue field opens in which you can enter the length in m.   

priority_highThe scale you entered always relates to the current window size of the simulation and to the monitor resolution. You are notified to reset the scale in the following cases (see also straighten – Adjusting the scale):

  • You have changed the widow size of your project.
  • You have opened your project on a monitor with a different resolution.
  • You have moved your project to a monitor with a different resolution.

The image in the upper right corner always shows the selected, active floor plan. Add additional floor plans for individual floors using the drop-down menu underneath and select them accordingly:

Wifi Planner Ausschnitt


Signal strength using colour scale

Use the colour scale on the left edge of the screen to determine the desired minimum signal strength for the entire wireless network. This means areas with a signal strength below the selected level are not given a colour. The colour RED symbolises the highest signal strength and the colour BLUE symbolises the weakest signal strength. ​The smaller the dBm number, the greater the signal strength (e.g. -30 dBm > -80 dBm). 

Wifi Planner Signalskala

 

Wifi Planner Empfangsleistung

info Additional information can be found in the Functions section under refresh.


​Functions

Save

You can save any settings you have changed by clicking save.

priority_highAlways save your entries before leaving the page to ensure you do not lose them! Your entries have been saved successfully only if the confirmation Your project has been saved successfully! appears on the upper edge of the screen.

PDF report

Clicking picture_as_pdf generates a report in PDF format. This process can take a few seconds. To download the PDF report to your device, click the PDF icon in the following dialog window. The PDF report includes customer data you recorded when creating the project, the floor plan as well as a list of the placed access points including your settings and an image of signal strength using the heatmap.      

Wifi Planner Pdf Symbol

Adding a plan

Use layers to add an (additional) floor plan to your project.

Deleting a plan

Add a new voucher by clicking . 

infoThe image in the upper right corner always shows the selected, active floor plan. Using the drop-down menu underneath, select the corresponding floor plan, e.g. for a single floor (see the Editing a project section).

Zooming in

Enlarge the view by clicking . 

Zooming out

Click zoom_out to zoom out from the floor plan view.  

info You can also zoom in or zoom out using the mouse wheel after clicking on the floor plan.

Adjusting to the screen

Click adjust to adjust the floor plan view to the screen size.

Dragging  

Refresh the data in the table by clicking .

info You can also return to the normal mouse pointer mode by clicking this function. 

Adjusting the scale

Use straighten to determine the scale of the entire floor plan using a line segment. This is how you should proceed: 

  1. Define the starting point for a line segment by clicking the desired position on the floor plan.
  2. Then, pull a line to the desired end point. Double-click to finalise the entire action.
  3. A dialogue field opens in which you can enter the length in m.      

Simulating

priority_high You need to have defined the scale (see the Adjusting the scale section) and placed at least one access point (see the Adding an AP (access point) section) before starting the simulation!

Start the WiFi simulation for the selected frequency band by clicking refresh. Switch the frequency band and restart the simulation using the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz button.

Wifi Planner Schaltfläche Ghz

The view of the floor plan is readjusted to the screen size during the simulation. A heatmap serves as the basis for representing the WiFi simulation. This means that the colour RED symbolises the highest signal strength and the colour BLUE symbolises the weakest signal strength. The simulation shows:

  • What the signal strength is at different points in the building
  • Whether or not you need to readjust the access point to improve the signal coverage
  • Whether or not you need to add access points to achieve the WiFi range you want  

info Additional information can be found in the Signal strength using colour scale section. 

Adding an AP (access point)

Position the desired access points on the floor plan using wifi. Each access point has a configuration menu with the following options:

  • Edit:

    Name – The access points are numbered by default and designated accordingly (AP1, AP2, etc.). Assign a name that you will recognise. 
    Model – Select the corresponding device.
    Height – Specify the height at which the access point is installed.
    Installation site – Select whether the access point is mounted to the ceiling or wall.
    Range – Select the frequency band (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) to which the access point is to transmit.
    Transmitting power – Specify the transmitting power. devolo network management currently supports values from 5-20 dBm, delos supports 14, 17, 20 dBm for 2.4 Ghz as well as 27 dBm for 5 GHz.
    H-Plane – The antenna model for the selected frequency band is displayed for the H-plane.
    E-Plane – The antenna model for the selected frequency band is displayed for the E-plane.
    ​Save the settings for the selected access point by clicking the Apply button.
    Transfer these settings (with the exception of the name) to all access points of this floor plan by clicking the Apply to all button.

Wifi Planner Ap Bearbeiten

  • Delete – Removes the access point from the floor plan.
  • Rotate – Lets you rotate the access point to align it optimally for WiFi reception. Single-click to activate rotation and double-click to disable rotation. 

Adding a wall

Add walls to the floor plan using border_all. You can select between various wall materials with different levels of WiFi attenuation and test out potential WiFi attenuation this way. The various walls are displayed with different colours to help you distinguish between them on the floor plan. To add a wall, proceed as follows:

  1. Click to select a wall category.  
  2. Single-click to define a corner/edge on the floor plan.
  3. Drag from there to the next wall. 
  4. Double-click to finalise the entire action.

info You can single-click to insert intermediate points on a wall. 

Wifi Planner Wand Hinzufuegen

Editing a wall

Use edit to edit the walls drawn in earlier. This is how you should proceed:

  1. ​Select the corresponding wall by clicking it. The triangles let you know what you have selected.
  2. Use the red triangles to change the length and direction of rotation of the wall. Use the green triangles to define an additional corner/edge on the wall. 
  3. Finalise the entire action by single-clicking.  

The following options are available to you in this function's context menu (right-click on the drawn wall):

  • Delete wall – Removes the wall from the floor plan.
  • Change wall – Changes the type of wall.

Messages at the top of the screen

The following messages or confirmations are displayed at the top of the screen through the use of coloured bars:

  • Green bar – Confirmation Your project data has been saved successfully!
  • Orange bar – Configuration note, e.g. Please adjust the scale first!
  • Red bar – Important system note

Click the coloured bar to make it disappear. 


info The WiFi planner provides a variety of options for supporting WiFi consultation. With this in mind, however, please note the following:

  • The WiFi planner operates on the assumption of a "clean" environment; it does not take any other wireless networks into consideration. 
  • The WiFi planner runs simulations based on the specified wall models. Water or other designs that act as shielding cannot be taken into consideration in the simulation.